Matchup: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3
Date/Time: May 26th, 8:30 pm ET
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Point Spread: Pacers Pick ‘Em
After getting a series split and darn near taking both games in South Beach, the Indiana Pacers are going to have their best shot to take a lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night when they square off with the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Are the Heat shell shocked right now? They figured that they were just going to romp right into the NBA Finals this year, but after nearly getting stunned in Game 1, they did get stunned in Game 2. That’s now four out of five home games that they have played in these last two rounds of the postseason in which they were challenged and challenged mightily, and the truth of the matter is that there may only be bad things on the horizon for the seemingly predetermined champs. The pace of Game 2 was played right where Indiana wanted it, and if you take out what F LeBron James did, the rest of the team only made a total of 20 shots from the field. Throw out G Dwyane Wade and F Chris Bosh, and what’s left are just eight field goals, two of which came from beyond the arc, and just a total of 26 points. King James did his thing, scoring 36 points, but the rest of the team felt like it was just standing around for the majority of the night.
Indiana meanwhile, knows that it has to keep its foot on the gas pedal. Remember that the Pacers had the Eastern Conference Semifinals right where they wanted them last season against the Heat as well, as they had a 2-1 series lead going into Game 4 before losing the last three games. Game 2 was literally perfect for them. Possessions were incredibly limited, and Indiana was the more aggressive of the two teams. Indiana took six more foul shots and made eight more. It won the rebounding battle. It shot 50.0 percent from the floor. It knocked down five triples. Everything worked. C Roy Hibbert, just two nights after not even being on the court for the biggest defensive play of the season, scored 29 points and had 10 boards to lead his team. F Paul George scored 22 points and had six assists. The question that the Pacers have to have though, is whether they are going to be able to keep this up with their bench on the court. Their bench was badly outplayed on Friday night, and only getting a total of five points outside of the starting five probably isn’t going to cut it again.
It still feels to us like Indiana is just trying to pull off miracles in this series. We do have all of the respect in the world for this team, but if you tell us that there are going to be three games played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in this series, we’ll tell you that the Heat are going to win two of the three. Go with Miami at a pick ‘em price on Sunday. Miami 94 – Indiana 88
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